The Evolution of Food and Fitness

Posted on August 11, 2008. Filed under: health | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Over the years the ‘right’ path to health and fitness has been governed just as much by adaptation to our environment as our evolution has. We have adapted to new knowledge, availability, technology and more in our minds, bodies and diets and this course of action hasn’t necessarily been in our best interests as we have found; that just because it is available at this time of year (our of season) a food is not really at its nutritious best, an exercise program is not necessarily better for us than another, and just because a vitamin comes in pill form does not necessarily make it more efficient for our body to metabolise.

In fact many of our ‘new ways’ or evolutionary behaviours have resulted in more poor health, less activity and things like soil depletion which robs our food of its nutritious goodness necessitating that we get our vitamins and minerals from pills which are harder for our body to absorb and utilise.

This incisive post by Letha Hedady tells the story so well: “Food, fitness and the Environment.”

What do we need to do about this, use more whole food sources of your nutrition, this may be a whole food supplement as our grown foods do not contain all the nutrition we need any more as our soils across the world are so depleted. So look for a Superfood that has been grown organically and in optimum conditions to add to your diet and ditch most of the pills you have in your cupboard. The only pills I truly recommend are Fish Oil, as they can be a mercury free way of getting the all important Omega 3 fatty acids into your diet.

Be Fit! Be Well! do it online…

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Minerals Foundation for Health

Posted on July 31, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , |

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A Biochemist I know told me last year that without minerals we cannot process or synthesise vitamins from food, and as the basis for many of the cellular chemical processes minerals are needed for all health. Now that sounds great and we get lots of minerals from our food, don’t we.

Don’t be so sure. Here in Australia and also in New Zealand, the US and many other countries farmers have been relying on phosphate fertilisers for many years and our soils are now very depleted of many essential minerals and trace elements.

The best summary of this problem is by Dr. William A. Albrecht, Chairman of the Department of Soils at the University of Missouri, who said:

A declining soil fertility, due to a lack of organic material, major elements, and trace minerals, is responsible for poor crops and in turn for pathological conditions in animals fed deficient foods from such soils, and that mankind is no exception.”

Dr Albrecht goes further to unequivocally lay the blame:

NPK formulas, as legislated and enforced by State Departments of Agriculture, mean malnutrition, attack by insects, bacteria and fungi, weed takeover, crop loss in dry weather, and general loss of mental acuity in the population, leading to degenerative metabolic disease and early death.”

This warning to the American people in Senate Document No 246, says it all”Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins, or upon precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.

Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance?

The alarming fact is that foods (fruits, vegetables and grains) now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain minerals are starving us – no matter how much of them we eat. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the minerals he requires for perfect health because his stomach isn’t big enough to hold them.

The truth is that our foods vary enormously in value, and some of them aren’t worth eating as food… Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon the minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins or upon the precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.”

Here in Australia things are no better with Australian doctor Igor Talbizion, a Perth doctor who lectures on the subject of nutrition all around the world (Fellow of ACNEM) states about selenium in our soils:
“Selenium deficiency is very well hidden from doctors and the general population. Any one mentioning it is immediately eye suspiciously rather like an alien abductee would be. Selenium? Oh that conspiracy again! Funnily enough, all the farmers know about it (I guess they couldn’t kill all of them off now could they?) So do the Agriculture department and the dieticians and the nutritionists and even some pharmacists.” I Talbrizion

So what are we to do? Finding a good quality mineral product on the market is not easy, however they can be sourced and it is worth putting the whole family on it, even the children. Minerals can change your life for the better in so many ways.

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